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Working together to improve the local NHS

Kent and Medway

In October 2019 the eight clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Kent and Medway, agreed that they want to merge to form a single CCG. This is a first step towards Kent and Medway becoming an integrated care system, with health and care organisations working together much more closely than in the past. We strongly believe this will improve the quality of life and quality of care for our patients, and will help people to live their best life.

The decision to apply to NHS England and NHS Improvement for a merger was taken by the GP members of each CCG, and supported by the governing bodies in September 2019. The application will now be submitted.  We expect a decision in November and hope to become a single CCG from April 2020.

For more information please visit www.kentandmedway.nhs.uk/ics

East Kent

The four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in east Kent are working together to transform the local NHS and provide better care for all our patients.

Working closer together in this way will make better use of resources, our time, staff, and budgets, and bring improvements that our patients want and deserve.

We have agreed changes to our management structure and committees to reduce duplication and focus on our priorities.

Each CCG will continue to have separate governing body meetings in public but these will happen over a shorter time period than before. We have also brought our separate Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committees together as one east Kent committee. This will help us be more efficient, while ensuring that all four CCGs are represented properly.

Executive structure:

  • Managing Director - Caroline Selkirk
  • Deputy Managing Director - Lorraine Goodsell
  • Primary Care Director - Bill Millar
  • Contracting Director - Mark Needham
  • Local Care Director - Oena Windibank
  • Corporate Services and Governance Director - Matt Capper
  • Chief Nurse - Sarah Vaux
  • Director of Commissioning  - Karen Benbow
  • Director of Partnerships and Membership Engagement  - Ailsa Ogilvie

East Kent joint committee of NHS clinical commissioning groups 

NHS Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS South Kent Coast Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group have established a joint committee to lead work on a collective strategy across east Kent, enabling the delivery of high quality, sustainable and financially viable clinical services.

Meetings of the joint committee of clinical commissioning groups

The joint committee is leading on plans currently being developed for reconfiguration of hospital services in east Kent. As the work progresses, you can find more information here: Click here for more information. 

Working with local partners

To improve the health and care provided for people in the Canterbury and Coastal area, the NHS works with a range of organisations including local authorities, community groups, local charities and voluntary organisations. This is because how healthy we are is determined by a whole range of factors that the NHS does not have direct responsibility for. For example if you live in a damp home this can badly affect your health but the NHS has no responsibility for housing which rests with district authorities.

There is a Kent and Medway Joint Health and Wellbeing Board which has an expressed purpose “to encourage persons who arrange for provision of any health or social care services in the area to work in an integrated manner” Leaders of local authorities and  CCGs from across Kent and Medway meet regularly to discuss and monitor progress. It is a statutory body established by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. 

There are also local health and well-being partnerships which are made up of a number of agencies that are committed to working together to address health and wellbeing needs and related issues across the area. The East Kent Health Improvement Partnership (EKHIP) has been set up to address issues that can best be tackled at a sub-regional level – like a public health campaign.